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General, Training Days, Racing, Equipment
What is the relationship between MRT and Meadows Resort?
Meadows Race Team is the alpine ski racing team that operates out of Mt. Hood Meadows Resort. MRT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team was formed in 1984 and has a long and successful history in alpine competition. MRT offers programs to competitors ages 6 to adult. Although MRT operates at Mt. Hood Meadows Resort, it is an independent entity that enjoys special privileges related to grooming, fundraising and designated meeting and training space at Mt. Hood Meadows, our greatest supporter!
What does it mean to be a member of MRT?
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, MRT is bound by its Articles of Incorporation. MRT is governed by a body of annually/biannually elected directors who set policy in accordance with the organizations Bylaws. Operations and the day to day management of MRT rests with the organization's Program Director. Participants in MRT's programs are required to pay tuition to take advantage of the program and its benefits. Although membership does not include ownership interest in the club, or the right to participate in governance of the program, all members can present agenda items to the board at monthly meetings and have voting rights in annual MRT BOD elections.
Are lift tickets and passes included in the team fee?
No, the team fee pays for coaching, race equipment (gates, timing equipment etc), mountain space, and entry into the Mitey Mite council races. Many Families choose to buy a season pass. Check with Meadows Resort for pass pricing.
Where and when do the kids meet?
On Saturday and Sunday kids meet outside the North Lodge by “The Map” at 8:45 a.m. for warm up and directions before loading the lift at 9:00am.
Do parents need to ski with the team?
No. Although we may ask for parents of the youngest athletes to assist in lift riding or to “tag-along” on powder days.
Will my child ever ski without a coach?
Part of MRT’s philosophy is to encourage self-guided discovery and independence. While contact with a coach and feedback from that coach are cornerstones of development, too much feedback without enough action can slow the learning process down. With that in mind, and given that it is age and ability appropriate, MRT athletes will often ski with other athletes without the direct supervision of a coach. This is particularly common when training venues are being set up each day.
What if they are late?
Check the lodge dry erase board to see if there is note from your child’s coach . If not, we suggest you do some family free skiing and perhaps you’ll run into the group. Look for a MRT coach and ask them to radio your racer’s group. If you cannot locate your group, find them at lunch (11:00am).
What if it is raining?
We still train but recommend bringing some extra clothing, particularly gloves. Rain slickers and pants are helpful on rainy days.
Are kids expected to come on a regular basis?
For athletic development and personal growth it is best if your child attends on a regular basis. Like most youth programs, we work from a progression based plan to develop ski racing skills and when participation is disjointed it can interrupt the individual’s progress as well as the larger group.
If my child misses a day can they make it up at another time?
No. The program you sign your child up for includes training on published dates only.
When do they take lunch?
Generally, lunch is taken from 11:00am to 12:00pm at lodge. Coaches do not supervise children during lunch. Lunch is not provided.
Should my child have money/snack in her pocket?
Yes, particularly the younger children who tend to become cold quicker than the older children. A coach may decide to take a “warm-up” break with the children.
What time in the afternoon are they dismissed?
2:00 p.m. at “The Map” outside the North lodge. We ask that you please be punctual in picking up your child so that you can communicate with the coach if necessary.
What happens if they get hurt?
Your child will be taken to the Meadows Medical Clinic. Your child’s coach will endeavor to contact you.
What happens if they get separated from their group?
Your child should ski to the bottom of ski lift and wait for the group. He or she should tell the lift operator that they are waiting for coach. She or he can ask any MRT team coach for help. The ski area is large; all team parents should keep an eye out for separated children and assist in helping.
What do coaches do if one child has to go to the bathroom?
U12 and older athletes will be allowed to go and come back on their own. The coach and his or her group will wait for the younger children. PLEASE make sure your racer uses the bathroom before training starts.
Where do they train?
The team uses the entire ski resort. They will do a combination of directed free skiing, drills and gate training during the day.
Where do they do their gate training? Do they gate train all day?
Gate training is done almost entirely on Stadium although we also use other venues around the mountain such as Easy Rider. Typically MRT athletes will do a combination of free skiing and gate training during the day.
Where do they do their free skiing?
That is driven entirely by ability and conditions. If they are a strong skier, just about anywhere on the mountain.
How are training groups made?
Groups are made up of a combination of age and ability. The hope is that each child receives the appropriate training in a group of peers that provide a good social experience as well as the best opportunity for skill development.
Can parents shadow/accompany training?
It's best to just to let the coach do their job. Remember your child is not alone, he or she is surrounded with teammates. Experience tells us that kids can get a lot out of learning new skills from people other than their own parents.
How do coaches feel about me coaching my child?
During a training day, it is best if the kids learn from their coach and the coaching staff. This maintains consistency of the skills being taught and prevents kids from become confused and frustrated.
If I would like to talk to my child’s coach, when is best time?
At the North lodge in the “Racers Room” before training starts or while the groups are gathering at “The Map” is a good time for a quick conversation. If there is a larger issue that needs more detailed discussion it is best to arrange a meeting at the end of the training day. Please be mindful of the coach’s time constraints. One of the best ways to communicate with your child’s coach is via email. If you have concerns, please contact your coach first, and then the program director.
Does my child have to race?
While competition is a key component of what we do, it is not a requirement for any MRT athlete to enter into a race of any kind. A lack of competition experience will not diminish any athlete’s opportunity to achieve their goals.
Does my child need a USSA Competitors License to race?
A USSA Competitors License is required to compete in any scored USSA race. This license is most often unnecessary for many young skiers just starting out as in most cases these athletes are participating in non-scored races such as the Mighty Mite Council Series. It is highly recommended that any U14 or older athlete get a USSA license as part of their development in the sport.
How do I enter my child in the races?
For Mighty Mite Council races, you can download the entry form from our webpage and then mail it to the host team’s registrar (you will need to look at the host team’s webpage to determine where to mail the entry.) There are NO ENTRY FEES for these races. Most races are now registering online. Entries must be received by 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the race.
What are the “Mighty Mite Council” Races?
The Mt. Hood Mighty Mite Council is comprised of the four ski clubs that make Mt. Hood their home. The Council runs a three race series that are a great way to introduce young athletes to competitive ski racing. These races have no entry fees. The series is comprised of the following races:
• Kids Kandahar GS Jan 16 Skibowl
• Cooper Diamond Dual SL Feb 5 Cooper Spur
• Candy Cup Mar 19 Mt. Hood Meadows
Other races that your MRT athlete is eligible for include:
· Oregon 4-way Championship Feb 10-12 Skibowl
· Meadows Challenge Feb 25-26 Mt. Hood Meadows
In addition, there are several USSA races in the area that one could attend. Please discuss your child’s individual race calendar with his or her coach.
Do I have to volunteer?
Yes, you do have to volunteer. There are times when it is impossible and we understand that completely but it really is important that EVERYBODY step up to the plate and share the work. At most areas you will receive a free ticket for helping and a coupon for a free ticket redeemable on another day. You’ll also get snacks for lunch. You do not have to be a skier to help!
How do I find out what volunteer positions are available?
Check the volunteer page on the MRT website for job descriptions, contacts and registration.
Does my child need a helmet and chin/face guard?
The MRT MM program has a mandatory helmet rule. Chin/face guards on helmets or slalom protective headgear are optional for slalom. If your older child is getting close to the gates a face guard is a good idea. Full face guards (such as BMX or motorcycle style) are not recommended for ski racing.
Where do we buy ski equipment? Are there any equipment deals for my child?
Offer equipment nights at area shops where equipment can be purchased. Additionally, equipment is forever changing hands at MRT, check the website/facebook for "hand-me-downs" for sale from older athletes. There are many good ski shops in the greater area. All equipment must conform to current industry standards. You should make every attempt to involve the MRT staff in your equipment purchases.
How many pairs of skis should a racer have?
For U10 and under, one good pair is usually fine. Either a multi-event ski or a slalom. As racers approach the U14 level, a pair of skis for slalom and a pair for giant slalom is common, but not required.
How long should skis be?
That is hard to say as brands differ, it is determined on the measurements of the ski. We do recommend for Development Team and Club Team athletes that you go with a general junior race ski that will work for both slalom and giant slalom. Again, involving MRT staff in your equipment purchases will ensure you end up with the correct ski.
How do you know when a kid needs new skis?
When the bases and edges are beyond tuning or when the child outgrows the pair they have. If you are not sure ask your child's coach for their opinion.
How long should poles be?
Generally it is recommended that your elbow be at 90 degrees when your pole is in the snow. This can change as your child gets older and equipment becomes specific to them and the discipline skied.
Does my child need special poles, pole guards, GS poles, etc.?
They don't need guards unless they are hitting the gates and they will let you know when they start hitting the gates. In this case it is best to have a pair with pole guards for SL and a pair without pole guards for GS.
Can you tune skis yourself?
Yes you can tune and wax your kid's skis yourself. Many parents on the team can help teach you AND your child.
Where do you buy the team coat?
Orders are made at the end of the ski season for the next year's season. For new athletes/families, check the website/facebook for "hand-me-downs" from older athletes.
Do children need racing suits?
No, they are not required. However they are the norm for U12 and above racers.